Compensation After a Car Accident Injury
After a serious wreck, victims may require car accident injury compensation for catastrophic (or fatal) injuries and other legal damages. Many soon discover, however, that they cannot get adequate compensation without the help of an experienced accident lawyer.
For more than 50 years, the attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault, have protected the rights of car accident victims and their families throughout northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. We ease the burden of fighting with an insurance company while medical (and other) bills pile up. We have the experience to negotiate or litigate your claim aggressively at trial to recover full and fair compensation.
A car accident victim’s injuries may be as minor as a few cuts and bruises or as serious as broken limbs, internal injuries, severe burns, traumatic spinal cord and/or brain injuries and could result in temporary or permanent disability. Many times, serious injuries may not become apparent until later and require additional or extended medical care for months or years after the accident. Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, you must seek medical attention immediately after a car accident. Medical expenses arising from a car accident may include any or all of the following:
- Emergency medical treatment (including ambulance fees)
- Physical, occupational, and/or cognitive therapy in the event of a brain injury
- Consultations with health care professionals (and expenses incurred for traveling to and from appointments)
- Permanent or temporary disability (including the cost of in-home services)
Those who are disabled for extended periods must calculate these expenses accurately. So your attorney should have medical and healthcare specialists to project the correct amount of car accident injury compensation necessary to cover expenses.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is legally defined as mental or physical distress that are serious enough to justify damages. They are based on the injury, the severity of the pain suffered, and the prognosis for future pain. Pain and suffering may include mental and/or emotional damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Other psychological maladies associated with the injuries can involve scarring or disfigurement. Ohio allows for injured victims to express any pain and suffering claim in legal terms as the “general loss of enjoyment of life.”
Lost Income, Wrongful Death and Property Damages
After a car accident, injuries can temporarily – or permanently – threaten your earning capacity. Your time in the hospital or at home after you are discharged, restricted mobility, and being forced to miss work due to physical or occupational therapy sessions, can all prevent you from earning your normal income. A variety of factors goes into lost income damages such income history, age, occupation, future professional opportunities, and life expectancy. It can involve wages or income if you are self-employed. Any benefits paid by your employer (or as part of any retirement plans you have based on self-employment) also can be included in the total lost income damage payment.
The fair market value of all property damaged in the accident (your vehicle and any possessions that were destroyed) can be sought to repair or replace these items.
If a negligent driver caused a family member’s wrongful death, in addition to any medical costs incurred between the accident and time of death, the surviving family could receive additional compensation for funeral expenses and the emotional pain of losing a loved one (which is known as “loss of consortium”). And if the driver was willfully negligent or wantonly reckless, the judge or jury may award punitive damages over the amount you seek.
The attorneys with Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault protect the rights of all vehicle accident victims and their families. We will fight for the car accident injury compensation you need to rebuild your life. Call us for a free consultation at 419-843-6663 or fill out our online contact form.